March 29, 2013 – Big Data

Program guest is Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford University. His research focuses on the role of information in a networked economy. He is co-author of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think. “Big Data” refers to our newfound ability to crunch vast collections of information, analyze it instantly, and draw sometimes profoundly surprising conclusions from it. The book aims to go beyond the recent big data hype and explain big data’s defining qualities, how it helps companies and society improve and prosper. The authors also take a hard look at big data’s dark sides, and suggest societal safeguards to ensure that big data’s benefits outweigh its risks. Professor Mayer-Schönberger is also the author of Delete – The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age.